How do you create a tight mental health community online?
It’s a question I am asked. Outside of my improv classes, I organize online parties where we do a little improv and then the kid’s go off and just chat. They love getting to know each other in a non class environment.
After class I leave the zoom class open for my students to chat and have some fun (without adults). I always have a responsible kid in charge to ensure the topics keep appropriate.
I give away a “best at” certificate to everyone who takes my class. It’s a way to not only honour every kids progression but also recognize what that child gave to the class.
I think that the key to creating any community is to accept everyone and laugh together. I think when these two things happen you create connection.